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    India and Pakistan have a water sharing agreement known as the Indus Waters Treaty. India has decided to flex its muscle and block all its allocated share of water from flowing into Pakistan. Currently, due to a lack of hydrological infrastructure, most of India’s share of water under the treaty flows freely into Pakistan.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Pakistani officials of the Permanent Commission for Indus Waters on Monday warned New Delhi about the consequences of water aggression and said that if India stops the flow of water as agreed under the treaty, Pakistan will approach the International Court of Arbitration.

    "The Ministry of Water and Power is reviewing India's measure to stop water from flowing into Pakistan. As per the Indus Water Treaty, India cannot stop water from flowing into Pakistan and if they do so then we will move the International Court for Arbitration", the unnamed officials said as quoted by Pakistan's news channel GeoTV.

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    Moreover, officials added, India's Indus Water Commission had not informed Pakistan regarding the move to stop the flow of water.

    Earlier, on Sunday, India's Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Mehghwal claimed that water amounting to 0.53 million acre-feet from its eastern rivers, which was flowing into Pakistan, had been stopped and would be utilized for drinking and irrigation purposes.

    "0.53 million acre-feet water has been stopped from going to Pakistan and has been stored. Whenever Rajasthan or Punjab needs it, that water can be used for drinking and irrigation purposes", Meghwal said while speaking to media on Sunday.

    The Indian government had been threatening to launch a water war against Pakistan since the 2016 Uri terrorist attack. As tensions escalated once again after a suicide terrorist attack that killed 40 Indian soldiers in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, the Indian government once again reiterated that it will stop the flow of water from three rivers that were part of the Indus Treaty. India has a positional advantage in controlling the flow of the Indus Basin Rivers, but due to lack of hydrological infrastructure, it has never used this weapon.

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    The World Bank-brokered Indus Water Treaty has withstood many ebbs and lows of Indo-Pak ties, including three wars and a skirmish. India now feels the treaty is lop-sided, as it was allowed to use only 20 percent of the water that flows from the first three rivers of the Indus basin, while water from the other three rivers allocated to India flows freely into Pakistan.


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